The Luxury look
DESIGN YOUR BATHROOM AROUND THESE KEY RULES:
• Invest In Luxury Materials
• Include A Bath And A Shower
• Make Comfort A Priority
• Consider Every Last Detail
DESIGN AND STYLE
When designing a super-deluxe bathroom that fulfills your every need, luxury materials are essential. Materials such as stone and solid wood have a rich, natural beauty that will add a sense of sophistication to any room. Marble, limestone and travertine are popular choices in high-end bathrooms because of their quality – use stone on floors or walls for a refined look or clad walls and the floor in the same stone for a seamlessly chic finish.
Furniture pieces in solid wood or white gloss have timeless appeal. For a bespoke solution that makes the best use of every last inch of available space, invest in built-in rather than freestanding furniture so that the finished design is smart and unified.
Performance is everything when selecting the fittings for a luxury bathroom, so it’s vital to include both a shower and a bath. In good-sized rooms, make the room all about a statement freestanding bath, ideally located centrally in the design. Streamlined, contemporary designs work well in a lavish space, but team a modern bath with classic brassware (include a bath filler and a shower attachment) to achieve that feeling of timeless elegance. Go for the biggest bath possible, and make it double-ended to boost its pampering potential.
The perfect showering solution should include an overhead shower and a handset. A separate enclosure is ideal to create a shower space that feels generous and indulgent, but if you can’t fit one into your layout, look for a two-hinged shower screen as a minimum so you can create an enclosure over the bath.
Consider the bathroom’s design right down to the smallest detail to maximise the levels of comfort and wellbeing the space can offer. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature – underfloor heating is an intelligent choice, especially with stone tiles that can feel cold underfoot. Plan the room’s lighting thoroughly – it should be versatile to meet the room’s different uses. Include options such as dimmable switches so the lights can be lowered for an indulgent bath in the evening, and cabinets with built-in lighting for tasks such as shaving or applying make-up.
Look out for soft-close options on toilet seats, cabinets and drawers and accessorise the space to make every task as easy as it can be. Offer the highest level of service you can, with sumptuous fluffy towels (preferably warmed on a heated towel rail) always be close to hand. Focus every aspect of the room’s design on the user’s experience and you will create the ultimate luxury sanctuary in your home.